We visited the gourmet shop called "The Mad French Lady's Gourmet Foods" and found a bagette that comes very close to the wonderful baguettes of Carqueiranne...no kidding! You can't even count on getting great baguettes in France these days. The owner is a woman from Grenoble. She's got some interesting stuff but prices are fairly high. It seems like her store is a one-off and very difficult to compete with Trader Joe's. However, as much as I love Trader Joe's products they don't have a baguette worth bothering with....other breads there are great.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
This ride was quite something to watch...only 2 people per time and they got quite a blast for their money!
Rosaire's Bears...very popular and no one seemed to be bleating about animal rights. A different world down here.
This is what we had for lunch...wonderful stuff with various bar-b-que sauces such as vinegar which tasted great on the fries. We passed on the deep fried twinkies and burgers made with a Krispy Kreme Donut as a bun.
These booths seemed to be getting a big play...wouldn't think so these days with digital cameras but perhaps its the migrant farming groups that would take advantage of these or perhaps it's a Fair tradition.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
We love this library! We went to a talk on Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald last week. Great lecture hall and sound system. Every week they have a live concert of some kind...an excellent pianist last week.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
There was a street art show going on when we were in La Quinta...some interesting things to look at.
These are handpainted sun umbrellas...a good idea but chez nous I don't think they would last long and it would be a lot of work and paint.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
There are a number of dogs who cheer us on while playing golf. These ones sat down quietly and watched me drive but they barked furiously at Richard and Jim. Guess they know how to treat a pro.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Our nearest cinema just happens to be the landmark Mary Pickford Theatre. They have quite a neat little museum with her Oscars and other memorabilia. We saw "Letters from Iwo Jima" there...none of us were that impressed with the movie. Not much new to say and the letter thing ended up being a bit tacky.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Richard found his favourite beer at Trader Joes "Red Seal" and is enjoying here on our patio. We had a lot of fun together and even played some golf. Richard hadn't played since he was a kid and we were impressed with his nice easy swing. He attributes it to playing golf on this new Nintendo system. Who knows? He left quite early this morning to meet a friend in LA and go to LACMA (great LA art museum) before his flies home tonight.
Seems like he got my photos working so will use this as a test.
He loved his Grill-a-Burger...seems he's only had burgers for breakfast since he arrived...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
As well as loads of videos and DVD's they have the Vancouver Sun and The London Times and various free concerts and lectures. And of course computers with Internet access and wireless throughout. We're lucky we are currently poaching on an open connection in our condo but otherwise these services would have been essential to keep us connected. They have a used bookstore with lots of great bargains and a coffee shop.
Each community down here has a super library and Saturday morning we'll be heading to La Quinta Library for their book sale. We got there at the tail end of it last year and there were still great deals.
I got this novel at our bookclub Christmas Book Exchange and was quite impressed with this Winnipeg author I hadn't read anything by before. It's about a Vietnam vet who goes back to Vietnam and ends up being missing. His son and daughter go to find him. Bogs down a bit but generally a pretty good read.
Monday, February 12, 2007
We each had a fabulous gourmet burger washed down with a bottle of amazingly good cab for $14. Jim had the Baja...jalapeno peppers, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese and bacon on a cheese bun. I had the Shroom....mushrooms, crispy onion rings, bacon, crumbled blue cheese and aioli dressing. We had a table outside and a few drops of rain sprinkled us then the sun reappeared for the rest of the afternoon. I can see how their yearly rainfall here is less than 8 inches.
In the evening, just before 6pm so we got the matinee rate of $1.50, we took in the movie The Departed. It was quite good...certainly an all star cast. This movie theatre is amazing in their prices. They have 10 movies (many still in the theatres)
for the matinee price of 1.50 (up from a buck last year) and 2.50 for after 6pm. Casino Royale is coming next week and there are others we want to see.
Jim is out playing an Arnold Palmer managed golf course on a twilight rate (after 2pm) of $25 including electric cart. Quite a deal and it looked like a great course when we dropped by yesterday.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
On the way back we went into Penny's and each got a pair of athletic shoes we would normally pay over a hundred dollars for for 40 bucks each...a combination of sale price and special coupon. Yesterday we had our first Wal-Mart experience and were very impressed with the prices. We bought some inexpensive tennis racquets to fool around with since we have tennis courts here. Also a hot tea maker for 20 bucks which we are enjoying very much since we don't have a kettle here and the teapot drips. I've been missing my tea maker!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
But back to the big news. I actually beat Jim by one stroke on this course. He was ahead slightly then on the last hole I hit the green on my tee shot and made a par. Jim hit the green as well but it bounced into the sand trap in a really awkward place to get a shot. You needed to be a mountain goat. He managed get it out but the shot went into the water hazard, then he hacked his way to the hole...very sweet!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I think my first painting will be these lovely little cactus garden and fountain on our patio. And then the tangelo orange tree. I'm going to start simple this year. I got frustrated trying to do these mountains last year. We have a wonderful view of them from the pool so I shall get them clearly in my mind before starting.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Roger, the owner, met us yesterday and showed us the ropes. Makes it all easier and we really appreciated it after four days on the road. However, the US is all about luxury, ease, and convenience so it's not like trying to figure things out in France.
As I went out to the patio to pick a couple of tangelo oranges for breakfast I saw a hummingbird. The oranges were wonderful tasting and Roger says to feel free to pick from any of the trees in the complex...there are various types of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. We're going to enjoy this patio...very private, a little fountain burbling away and cactus plants. The sun seems to hit it around 9am.
I think the first order of business today will be shopping at Trader Joe's...the reasonable gourmet store that everyone raves about...Laura Huxley's favourite place to shop!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I'm having coffee while Jim is getting sufficient courage to rise. It's a sunny cloudless day and no one's in the pool so will have it all to myself (again...Jim swam yesterday but it's not something he does in the morning.
Just another 4 1/2 hours or so and we'll be in Palm Springs!
For those of you who are reading my blog I really look forward to getting emails from home when I'm on the road.